Areas of Practice
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, B.A., 2003, summa cum laude
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude
Elizabeth M. Sorenson Brotten
Assistant Deb Bolin
Assistant Phone 612-746-0144
Liz focuses her practice on defending product manufacturers, suppliers, and installers in high-risk product liability and toxic tort cases. Her experience includes coordinating the nationwide defense efforts of a regional roofing and siding contractor in asbestos litigation, representing clients in all phases of discovery, arguing dispositive and pretrial motions, and handling appeals. Liz is also experienced in commercial litigation matters. She has successfully defended manufacturers from breach-of-contract claims and claims of violations of dealership protection laws. A native of northwestern North Dakota, Liz also assists clients in the agricultural and oil and gas industries with drafting and negotiating agreements essential to their business operations. Liz has tried cases to verdict in both Minnesota and North Dakota
Liz is active in the defense bar and currently serves on national steering committees for the Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law, Women in the Law, and Young Lawyers Committees. Locally, Liz is Vice Chair of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association’s Products Liability Committee.
Liz gained appellate experience as a judicial law clerk for Judge David Minge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2006 to 2007. She received her Juris Doctorate magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. While in law school, she served as an executive editor of the William Mitchell Law Review and coordinated and oversaw publication of Volume 32, Issue 1, dedicated to mental health law and psychology and the law. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She was named a USTFCCA Academic All-American in track & field and captained Concordia’s cross-country and track & field teams.
Liz’s community involvement includes providing legal advice to nonprofit organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation and Norway House (a local nonprofit dedicated to preserving Norwegian heritage). In 2013, Liz traveled to rural Guatemala on a humanitarian project to assist with the construction of infrastructure projects.
Honors & Awards
Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2011-2016
Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota, Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
Up & Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer, 2010
William Mitchell Law Review, Executive Editor, 2005-2006
Professional Associations & Memberships
DRI, Member (2009-present), Young Lawyer Liaison to Asbestos Medicine Committee (2014-2015), Young Lawyers Steering Committee (2015-present), Women in the Law Steering Committee (2015-present), Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Steering Committee (2015-present)
Hennepin County Bar Association (2007-present)
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (2012-present)
Minnesota State Bar Association (2006-present)
Minnesota Women Lawyers (2012-present)
State Bar Association of North Dakota (2009-present)
State Bar of South Dakota (2013-present)
State Bar of Wisconsin (2014-present)
Published Works / Presentations
“Every Move You make, Every Step You Take, I’ll be Watching You”: Is Wearable Data Your Next Discovery Tool in Personal Injury Litigation? The Whisper, Defense Research Institute (June 4, 2015)
“Depositions of In-House Counsel.” Deposition Manual, Defense Research Institute (2016).
"Duty to Defend Compendium," North Dakota Chapter, Defense Research Institute (2016).
“Leveraging Technology in the Courtroom: Planning and Creating Winning Digital Trial Presentations,” Strafford Webinar CLE Presentation, (2016).
"The View from 10 Years Out – How to Set Yourself Up for Early Success." Minnesota State Bar Association CLE Presentation (September 8, 2016)
“Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Litigation Update.” The National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues 2016 Conference (September 23, 2016).
“Colleague Corner: ‘Reputation Building Begins on Day One,’” Bench & Bar of Minnesota (November 2016).
“Talc and Ovarian Cancer: A Products Liability Powder Keg?,” Minnesota Defense, Vol. 37, Issue 3 (Fall 2016).
Moderator, “Science as a Second Language: How to Teach the Jury about Uncertainty and Science.” Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar (March 24, 2017).
Public Service: Yet Get What You Give – Public Service in the Legal Profession. The Whisper, Defense Research Institute (May 6, 2016).
Panelist, “Homeward Bound: The Rise of Household Exposure Claims in Asbestos Litigation.” Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association Conference (April 27, 2017).
Pro Bono Activities
Volunteer Lawyers Network, Volunteer Attorney
Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
Norway House, Board of Directors & Young Professionals Committee Chair
Traveled to rural Guatemala to assist with construction of infrastructure projects in 2013